Politics Could Scuttle America’s New Icebreakers


The U.S. Coast Guard is on the cusp of finally acquiring new icebreakers, 42 years after commissioning its only current heavy icebreaker. But politically-motivated maneuvers in the U.S. House of Representatives could scuttle the long-in-works shipbuilding effort. As of... Read more

The U.S. Navy’s New Carrier Drone Borrows 1970s Stealth


The U.S. Navy’s new MQ-25 Stingray aerial-refueling drone bears an uncanny resemblance to an... Read more

Tijuana’s Morgue Is Overflowing

Forensic authorities in Tijuana are overwhelmed by an unprecedented wave of violence. Buried in... Read more

F-35 Program Still Cutting Corners to ‘Complete’ Development


Officials in the F-35 Joint Program Office are making paper reclassifications of potentially life-threatening... Read more

A Tsunami Devastated Japan’s Souped-Up F-16s


In the 1980s, Japan phased in its first domestic jet fighter to enter operational... Read more
Yemen’s Descent Into Hell
It’s the war from Hell, the savage one that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, along with seven...
The SLAM Missile Would Have Been a Flying Chernobyl

The SLAM Missile Would Have Been a Flying Chernobyl

This story originally appeared on Sept. 7, 2014. It was the perfect airborne death machine—a supersonic drone of nearly...

From Peace to Armageddon

From Peace to Armageddon

When I first traveled to Israel-Palestine in 1994, during the heady early days of the Oslo peace process, I...

Space Marines With Jetpacks!

Space Marines With Jetpacks!

This story originally appeared on March 22, 2015. In the early Space Age, everything seemed possible — no matter...

Politics Could Scuttle America’s New Icebreakers

Politics Could Scuttle America’s New Icebreakers

The U.S. Coast Guard is on the cusp of finally acquiring new icebreakers, 42 years after commissioning its only...

Disarming an Atomic Bomb Is the Worst Job in the World

Disarming an Atomic Bomb Is the Worst Job in the World

This story originally appeared on April 5, 2015. In the spring of 1952, the U.S. government tested tactical nuclear...

‘The ‘Stan’ Is a Collection of Short Comics About a Long War

‘The ‘Stan’ Is a Collection of Short Comics About a Long War

There was a time, around 2013 or so, that I secretly worried that the Afghanistan war might end. Yeah,...

‘Peppermint’ Is the Shittiest Punisher Movie I’ve Ever Seen

‘Peppermint’ Is the Shittiest Punisher Movie I’ve Ever Seen

In 2012, Thomas Jane starred in Dirty Laundry—a 10-minute short film where he played Frank Castle, the Punisher, and...

After Donald Trump

After Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s tenure as the 45th U.S. president may last another few weeks, another year or another 16 months. ...

Go to War With a U.S. Army Medic in ‘Machete Squad’

Go to War With a U.S. Army Medic in ‘Machete Squad’

“Though rough around the edges, this episodic tale of military life has a gritty honesty, like a guy at...

The Kurds Are All But Defenseless Against Air Attack

The Kurds Are All But Defenseless Against Air Attack

In late August 2018 a rumor circulated that U.S. military forces in Syria were acquiring radars for an air-defense...

Holding the Line on Torture

Holding the Line on Torture

Sometimes the good guys do win. That’s what happened on Aug. 8, 2018 in San Francisco when the Council...

These Officials Let 9/11 Happen

These Officials Let 9/11 Happen

Powerful people, whose job it was to protect the U.S. public, made choices that facilitated the 9/11 attacks, according...

The U.S. Navy’s New Carrier Drone Borrows 1970s Stealth

The U.S. Navy’s New Carrier Drone Borrows 1970s Stealth

The U.S. Navy’s new MQ-25 Stingray aerial-refueling drone bears an uncanny resemblance to an experimental U.S. military plane from...

Tijuana’s Morgue Is Overflowing

Tijuana’s Morgue Is Overflowing

Forensic authorities in Tijuana are overwhelmed by an unprecedented wave of violence. Buried in mass graves without being identified,...
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